Compensation for Workplace Stress
December 7, 2009, 2:51 PM EST
Delegates spoke from the mikes about the negative impact of workplace stress. Delegate after delegate outlined the adverse health affects including mental stress and physical affects that result in illness, injuries, accidents and undue hardship for the membership.
Workplace stress is generally an unseen hazard whether it's acute (sudden onset) or chronic (long term gradual onset) that affects workers in all sectors.
They heard that workers across Canada don't receive or are not entitled to fair compensation for workplace induced stress illnesses.
In response delegates voted to ensure the CAW makes it a priority to bargain with all employers to include workplace stress in contract language as a recognized work related illness.
The resolution calls on the CAW to campaign to have governments at all levels accept workplace stress as a health hazard and illness. It also urges the expansion of workers compensation coverage to fully compensate for all forms of work-related stress.